This Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup is so easy and always a crowd-pleaser! Perfect for those chilly nights when you need a little comfort food in your life! Top with plenty of Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty Italian bread (and maybe a glass of red wine…) for an extra tasty meal!
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
It’s almost soup season and I’m SO ready for it!!! Our whole family loves soup so I’m always testing new quick and easy recipes I can whip up for lunch or dinner. Last week, after realizing we had a surplus of cheese tortellini hiding in the back of our fridge, I made a big pot of creamy tortellini soup and everyone went CRAZY over it! This is a great soup recipe because it’s made with pantry staples you probably always have on hand. And it’s ready in about 45 minutes!!!
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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup Recipe
- olive oil: I always use organic olive oil, but use whatever brand you enjoy! For a richer broth, try using 2 Tablespoons of oil and 1 Tablespoon of butter.
- crushed red pepper flakes: this is optional, but I love the subtle kick of heat it adds! Omit if you can’t stand spice, or double if you like it hot.
- yellow onion: one cup, diced! This is usually one large onion.
- garlic: a few cloves add major flavor!
- chicken broth: I love using bone broth for the flavor and health benefits. If you’re a vegetarian, simply sub with vegetable broth.
- crushed tomatoes: I like to use the variety with basil added! Be sure you get crushed tomatoes and not diced tomatoes or tomato sauce, which will create a very different broth.
- fresh basil: adds flavor! If you don’t have it, I’d recommend omitting. Dried basil won’t add the same fresh flavor.
- Italian seasoning: just a dash adds yummy Italian flavor!
- salt and black pepper: season with salt and pepper as needed! But remember tomatoes LOVE salt, so you might use a little more than you might think. Taste as you go!
- granulated sugar: cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and adds a subtle sweetness.
- heavy cream: creates a thick, silky smooth broth.
- tortellini: I love using cheese tortellini, but you can use spinach tortellini or Italian sausage tortellini. If you’re using frozen tortellini, add a minute or two to the cook time.
- fresh spinach: add it at the end so it doesn’t overcook!
- grated parmesan cheese: for serving! optional but so delicious!
Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup
- Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and onion and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Then add in the broth and crushed tomatoes.
- Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil. Stir in the seasonings then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. This allows flavor to BUILD!
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Usually 10 minutes is fine! Then using a food processor or blender to puree the soup until completely smooth. The soup will look so much creamier after blending! Even though you haven’t added cream yet. Pro tip: If you want to cut calories, you can omit the cream completely. It won’t be as decadent, but it’ll still be delicious.
- Return the soup to the pot, add the cream, and simmer for 10 minutes. Toss in the tortellini and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Don’t over cook here! Or the tortellini will fall apart.
- Stir in the spinach and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Again, you don’t want to overcook here!
- Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with plenty cheese. ENJOY!!!
Can I make this in a slow cooker?
While this recipe can’t be full made in a crockpot, it can be made ahead of time and kept warm in one.
How to Freeze Tomato Soup
Good news! The base of this soup is freezer friendly! Just don’t add the cream, tortellini or spinach.
- Allow the creamy tomato soup to cool completely, then ladle it into freezer safe storage containers or large BPA free freezer bags.
- If using freezer bags, lay bags flat on a sheet pan and freeze until solid. Then stack and store as needed.
- To thaw, remove from freezer and thaw the soup in the fridge overnight.
- Pour soup into a large saucepan. Add the cream and simmer. Add in the tortellini, and then the spinach.
What to Serve Soup with?
This soup is absolutely delicious on its own! But if you’re looking to bulk it up or turn it into a heartier meal, here are a few ideas:
- Toss in some shredded chicken or cooked Italian sausage! Super yummy!
- Grilled cheese!!! I mean, is there a more iconic pairing than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup? I think not!
- Serve with garlic knots! They’re so delicious… and perfect for dunking!
- Meatballs! My easy baked meatballs make a great side dish for any soup recipe. Sometimes I make them mini and just toss them right in!
- Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits! These are SO good, especially with a tomato based soup.
- Italian Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Creamy Tomato and Tarragon Soup with Black Pepper Parmesan Biscotti
- Italian Minestrone Soup
If you try this recipe for Tomato Tortellini Soup, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations makes my day.
Tomato Tortellini Soup
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 2 (28 fluid ounce) cans crushed tomatoes with basil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt (more if needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- (1) 20 ounce bag cheese tortellini
- 2 cups fresh spinach (add more if you want!)
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Add the olive oil to a large soup pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until softened.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Add in the broth and crushed tomatoes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil.
- Stir in the fresh basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Using a food processor or blender, working in small batches, puree the soup until completely smooth.
- Return the soup to the pot, add the cream, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in the tortellini and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the tortellini is cooked through.
- Stir in the spinach and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
- Ladle the soup into mugs or bowls and top each with plenty of Parmesan cheese. Serve warm!
Tamara J. says
I am pinning this to try out in the very near future! It has 2 of my favorites- tomato soup, and pasta!
Where in the recipe do we actually add the sugar?
Hi! Step 4 🙂
Sylvie Côté-Nace says
It is mentioned in instructions #4.
Yum, made this soup for dinner tonight it was definitely a hit. I cooked the onions and garlic according to directions, added all dry ingredients then blended with the tomatoes. After everything was pureed I put it in the pot with the chicken broth, once it started to boil I added the tortellini.
This will be a staple in our home, freon now on
I made it today and it came out great! I only purées half of the soup and I used frozen spinach. I will make it again. This was better than eating it in a restaurant.
Kimberly Wagner says
Can we substitute the heavy cream for something else? Greek yogurt?
Shelley Lynn Kind says
Maybe coconut milk?
I made this and absolutely loved it It’s savory and perfect for those cold winter days but not heavy It also freezes well
So happy to hear it, Patrice! Thank you!
This soup is AMAZING! My husband made it a few nights ago and I had to make myself stop eating. We loved it so much that we are going to make it again for the weekend after Thanksgiving. It will be perfect for the football game along side homemade pizza.
Amazing I did make an 8 at with 32oz frozen tortellini and did not blend still amazing!!! Will try post pic will be the one in my 40yr old pan lol
This was very, very good.
I played a bit fast and loose with the quantities. I wanted only enough for 2, but still wound up making too much. A serious character flaw of mine.
I had leftover Italian sausage tortellinis (cooked) from last night, so I added them at the end with the spinach.
The before- and after-puree soup did not have the dramatic color variation that your pictures showed. It didn’t turn the “after” color until the cream was added.
Had a Parmesan rind floating about, so I put that in the soup when the tomatoes were added.
I hate adding sugar to recipes, just because they have tomatoes in them, so I just put a big pinch in at the beginning. Turns out, it wasn’t enough, as there was still a slightly harsh/acid edge to the soup. I added your recommended amount, and that fixed things.
Will make again.
2(28 oz) cans of tomatoes… is this 2 x 28 or 2 large 14 oz cans for a total of 28 oz.
Thank you very much.
That’s a great question. Did you ever find out the answer because now I’m wondering the same thing. Lol
It’s (2) 28 ounce cans, for a total of 56 ounces.
Ashley, you’ve done it again! This recipe is delicious. This is old-fashioned comfort food!
Omg this turned out delicious! I served cheddar garlic biscuits and Caesar salad. The tomato soup is incredible. I would recommend topping with a few pieces of basil as well.
I’m so happy it was a hit, Elaine! And I love the idea of topping it with basil.
Used an Italian brand crushed tomato and found this to be extremely bitter tasting in spite of adding the sugar. I’m an experienced cook/ baker but couldn’t save this!
How would this be without the onion? My husbands allergic to onions but loves tomato soup.
I made this soup tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Made exactly as the directions said with the exception that I put the tomatoes in the food processor before they were hot along with the chicken broth. Let everything simmer together then as instructions indicated. Will be making this again and then hopefully for family over the Christmas holiday!!
Absolutely delicious! My husband and I both loved this soup – its a hearty meal and so good on a cold night. The leftovers were just as good!
Absolutely amazing!! I had it for dinner tonight!! Going to make this from now on. I had it with mini rolls.. Fresh basil would be better than dry..
I have made this twice now. It is delish! This is definitely one I plan to make again. It’s easy, turns out great and….did I mention it is delicious? Lol.
Made this for the first time tonight. It is absolutely delicious and was a hit with the family. I love that it is easy to make and makes the whole house smell heavenly. I used my immersion blender. Served it with a focaccia bread which was perfect for dipping. Thank you for this awesome recipe.
Dawn McNiven says
Made this on a very rainy day and it was loved by all. The addition of the heavy cream was tremendous to the silky texture of this soup. I used tri-coloured tortellini and kale.
Such an easy but crowd pleasing recipe.Topped it with Parmesan cheese crisps! Thanks!
Made this tonight, easy and delicious!
I made this soup for my Thanksgiving dinner and it was so easy and delicious! I’m excited for leftovers tomorrow. 🙂 Thank you so much for the great, make again recipe!
Dorothy Ann Simpson says
Hello, I’m looking forward to making this soup. It looks awesome!
Is there nutritional information available? Thank you
Family favorite, great recipe! Excellent fall/winter meal!
Made this today for neighbor who had thyroid cancer surgery; it would be easy to swallow. I kept some for myself. Wow, it is so good. I used dry tortellini & cooked before adding. I like this recipe best because of the extra effort to purée the soup; makes it so smooth. Love this soup!
Ashley Manila says
I’m so happy you loved this, Patty! And I hope your neighbor is feeling better.